Saturday, September 17, 2016

Day 5: Our Mission Statement

The unintended benefit of today's work came in researching existing non-profits to learn about mission statements. In doing so and learning about organizations providing help, they learned about many problems that they probably hadn't thought of before.

On one hand, I hesitate for the girls to hear about how people or animals suffer, on the other hand, maybe this is another layer of insulation against entitlement.

Each girl compiled a list of 9 npo's they felt were worthy of our support. Maybe this afternoon after soccer, we'll work on selecting the final 9. It's a great opportunity for a friendly debate furthering those communication skills.

Their npo selections, served:

Kids (including sports, education, homeless needs & health)- 10
Sports - 1
Animals - 6
Good for All - 1

Looking up, finding and writing these down was 2 solid pages of writing all done without complaint. That might not sound like a lot but in our family, 1 of the girls will do anything to get out of writing and she did it without a word of complaint.

Next, the girls crafted the mission of Project Toteschooling and the following is what they came up with. I let them us the PicMonkey website to create these graphics:

I asked the girls if they wanted to write their own personal mission and vision statements and they liked that idea. So that's the plan for the next day.

In the meantime, THE BOX ARRIVED!!!!! 

We unpacked it quickly and then packed it up again. I didn't want the girls to investigate it too closely because we'll spend a lesson talking about expectations created with the print and video promotions vs. the actual product. (Here's a hint- honestly, the quality far exceeded my expectations. It will be interesting to see if the details I noticed are mentioned in the advertising or not.)

If you want to support our project by shopping our online launch party, click here. We're making it a Mystery Hostess Party which means anyone could win the hostess benefits. 

For every $10 you spend, you get one ticket. We'll pick tickets at the end of the party (Wed, 9/21). One person will win the free merchandise credit already at $25! That's $25 worth of free stuff. The other prize is the 1/2 price item. 

If you think you'd like to do a similar learning project with your kids, here's a link to the consultant kit.

Let me know what you think of the project. It's really working out better than I imagined. And don't forget to join our FB group where you will also find updates. No purchase is required to be of that group.

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